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Annan calls emergency Security Council session on Sudan

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called an emergency, closed-door session of the UN Security Council [official website] for Monday to discuss the deteriorating situation in the Darfur region of Sudan, as well as the proposed deployment of over 10,000 UN peacekeeping troops to the country. UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland, visiting the region over the weekend, accused world governments of failing to do enough to support the peace process. The Security Council has been considering a resolution to authorize the peacekeeping force for nearly three weeks [JURIST report], but has struggled with gaining unanimity on other provisions relating to the possible imposition of sanctions on the Sudanese government [official website] unless their is drastic improvement of the situation in Darfur. The Council is also divided on where to prosecute those guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The majority of the members prefer the International Criminal Court, but the US is still opposed to its use, and China objects to any non-national court. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Sudan [JURIST Country news archive]. Reuters has more.

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